New kits, parts, and upgrades!
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New kits, parts, and upgrades!
That’s it for now!
We’ve designed several new RobotGeek kits to get you started in the world of physical computing. Each kit comes with our Geekduino and sensor shield for easy programming and wiring, as well as a RobotGeek Workbench to mount all of your electronics to.
At the core of the RobotGeek Arduino kits is the workbench to mount your projects. All RobotGeek products are compatible with the bench and each include mounting hardware giving you the opportunity to continue to expand your portable arduino workstation!
New Kits, tons of Grove modules, and some handy tools – We’ve got what you need to get off to a great start!
We have two new kits, the ARDX Arduino Starter Kit and the Grove Mixer Pack V2. Both are cleverly designed to get you playing with electronics quickly and learning through guided exercises. You can dive into the world of Arduino with the ARDX kit, or learn the basics of electronics with the Lego-like pieces in the stand alone Grove Mixer Pack.
We have a six new Grove modules for you: The High Temperature Sensor, Hall Sensor, GPS, Screw Terminal, Piezo Vibration Sensor, and Bee Socket. Each is unique in function and works great with the Geekduino with sensor shield, using the Electronic brick to three pin converter cable to Grove!
We have a few useful little tools for your next project. The Gesture R TINY is the smallest gesture Sensor we’ve ever seen, and a great addition to any control interface. It was successfully kickstarted, and now we’re bringing it to you! Also tiny is the .28 Inch LED Digital DC Voltmeter. Give your project a clever and useful voltage readout. Lastly, we now carry a Screwdriver Magnetizer/Demagnetizer. Most of our drivers come magnetized, but the strength of the magnetization eventually wears off, leaving you dropping bolts. Worry not, you can quickly give your tools new magnetic powers with this handy tool.
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Doctors, Gators, Splices, and Cerberus – We have what you need to get your prototype hooked up and tested out!
The USB Charger Doctor is a handy tool that measures the working voltage and current output for any USB port and project. Plug the Doctor between a USB port and your USB device, and it will check the current draw with a 0.05 ohm resistor in line with the power pin. Data lines pass through as normal. You can use this device from 3.5-7VDC input voltage (although most USB devices tend to hover around 4.75 to 5.25) and up to 3A of current. It flips between voltage and current readouts roughly every 3 seconds.
You are in the middle of working on your latest robot, when you need to program a new board you just got in. You dig through your bin of USB cables only to find that you have hundreds that have the wrong end, and exactly zero that have the end you’re looking for. As luck would have it, you remember that you ordered the Sparkfun Cerberus USB Cable! With this cable, you will always have the right connection.
The Cerberus USB Cable has the standard A-type connector, which you can plug into your computer or USB power supply; At the other end are three common USB connectors: B, mini-B and micro-B. Want to transfer data and power three devices at the same time? This cable comes standard with a USB hub built in, so you’ll never have to worry about deciding between charging your phone and moving your extensive collection of sci-fi movies to an external hard drive.
Get connected quickly with a Cold Splice! These little wonders bite into any 22-26 AWG solid core wire with a quick squeeze from some parallel-jaw or slip joint pliers, making a solid butt splice connection. Though not waterproof, the splices contain silicone jelly to keep the cold splice from oxidizing. They come in packs of 10 splices, and can join 2 or 3 wires.
As always, there’s more to come soon. Prototype well, and check back often, we have exciting things happening this year!
We’ve got some fantastic new products to light up the night and get you moving!
The NeoPixel Jewel is a lovely round PCB, home to 7 tiny WS2812 5050 (5mm x 5mm) smart RGB LEDs. Each LED has a driver chip built into it, making them individually addressable. Many units can be chained together and run by a single microcontroller by connecting the output of one Jewel into the input of another! Each NeoPixel has ~18mA constant current drive so the color will be very consistent even if the voltage varies, and runs on 5V.
Want to make a hexapod walker? Maybe you’re making a piece of art with tons of moving parts, or you need to drive a ton of LEDs with precise PWM output. Your microcontroller has a limited number of PWM outputs, and you find yourself running out! Not with the Adafruit 16-Channel 12-bit PWM/Servo Driver – I2C interface. With this pwm and servo driver breakout, you can control 16 free-running PWM outputs with just two pins! Need to run more than 16 PWM outputs? No problem. Chain together up to 62 of these beauties for up to an outstanding 992 PWM outputs.
The Analog Feedback Micro Servo may appear to be a normal micro servo, but it is so much more. What makes this little fella special? Beyond the metal gears which keep this servo solid for the long haul in hobby systems, this servo has feedback via a potentiometer wiper on a separate wire that can be read with an analog input, such as those on an Arduino, to get the servo’s position. This gives you the ability to “record” the servo’s motion, or improve stability.
The SparkFun Transceiver Breakout – RS-485 is a breakout board for the SP3485 RS-485 transceiver IC, which will convert a UART serial stream to RS-485. The SP3485 is a half-duplex transceiver, so it can only communicate one way at a time, but it can reach transmission speeds of up to 10Mbps. This board requires a very low amount of power and can operate from a single +3.3VDC supply.
This breakout board includes the SP3485 RS-485 transceiver, filter capacitor, and other components shown on the schematic. The RS-485 output has been broken out to three different connections: (1) an RJ-45 connector, (2) a 3-pin 3.55mm screw terminal, and (3) a 3-pin 0.1″ pitch header; none of these output connectors come populated.
This pack of 5 5mm Plastic Bevel LED Holders will keep your LEDs in place. Made of the ever ubiquitous black plastic, with a subtle bevel that gracefully leans into the curve of your LED, people will take notice of your great taste in flush mounting hardware.
Keep your receive pin connected, we have more to share!
New items to get your motor running this holiday season!
Is the Arduino Uno’s hardware just not cutting it? Do you need a more powerful platform, but you’re not ready to move away from the Arduino IDE? Then the Teensy 3.1 is the perfect ARM based microcontroller for your next robot project. The Teensy 3.1 is a complete USB-based microcontroller development system and is as versatile as it is powerful. A custom Teensy installer and bridge application will easily allow you to write sketches for the Teensy and load them on to the Teensy. All programming is done via the USB port just like the Arduino – no special programmer is needed.
Have you ever wanted to hook up your robot to your iOS device? Now you can utilize Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (BLE) technology in your robot with the BLE Mini. The BLE Mini requires only a serial port for communication so it supports all major development platforms that have UART interface including Arduino, ArbotiX-M Robocontroller,Geekduino, Raspberry Pi, etc. In addition, you are given access to all Ti’s CC2540 I/O pins and the ability to upload firmware via USB, making the BLE Mini an ideal development/protoyping board for your BLE project/accessory/Appcessory.
We have two new Dynamixel Pro robot actuators from Robotis, the DYNAMIXEL PRO L54-50-S500-R and the DYNAMIXEL PRO L54-30-S500-R. These new actuators have incredibly high power and precision, making them ideal for for everything from advanced robotics to industry applications. Using ROBOTIS’s frame system for the DYNAMIXEL PRO, you’ll be able to rapidly create a variety of different systems and robots. These new servos have position, speed, AND torque based commands.
Get your rover rolling with our new custom Robot DC Gearhead Motor & Wheel Starter Kit. Each kit comes with 2 motors and wheel sets as well as a pair of brackets to mount your motors to your robot. Each wheel is 90mm in diameter (including the rubber tire). The motors in this kit use Hall Effect Quadrature sensors to achieve an encoder output of 520 ticks/revolution, allowing you to control the motors very precisely. Each motor includes a 6-pin cable that breaks out motor inputs and the associated encoder I/O. Single wheel and hub sets are also available.
That’s all for now, thanks for checking it out. Stick around for more updates as products roll in.
Now you can easily add the portable and rugged goPro Hero camera to your pan tilt or robot turret project with our GoPro Pan Tilt Mounting Kit! The kit includes everything needed to mount your GoPro to any of our robot turrets or to any project you can think up. Check it out doing time lapse and panning in the video below:
Look out for flying darts! Our newest pan tilt turret accessory is now available: the Foam Dart Gun Kit. If you want to add a little fun and firepower to your robot turret (or any other project) you’ll love this foam dart gun kit. The included single shot dart gun packs quite a punch, with a typical range of about 30 feet! After a little projectile motion calculation, we estimate the average dart speed to be 40-50 feet/second.
The kit includes everything you need plus several different attachments to give you flexibility in mounting. Combine it with one of our robot turrets, a crawler, or your favorite sensors to expand the possibilities. Check out the awesome game that you could make using this kit in the video below:
The full line of 2014 DYNAMIXEL Pro servos and accessories by ROBOTIS are now available for order from Trossen Robotics. These new servos take precision to a whole new level, with resolution up to 501,900 steps/rev while spinning at up to 30 RPM and putting out 44 Nm of torque! Prices start at $590 and go up to $2,790. Get ready for professional grade precision and durability; compactly packaged to meet your most challenging design requirements.
The nine different models are divided into two basic footprints (42 mm2 & 54 mm2) and three performance series (L, M, & H) to meet all of your requirements. Combine them with the ROBOTIS frame system and accessories to upgrade your designs from hobby to professional-grade.
|L-Series Servos||M-Series Servos||H-Series Servos||Frames, Adapters, & Idlers|
Not sure where to start? Check out the DYNAMIXEL PRO M42-10-S260-R servo for a fantastic combination of performance (263,168 steps/rev, 1.5 Nm of torque, and 28 RPM) and compact size 42 x 42 x 84 mm. Full specs, dimensions, documentation, and 3D models for each servo can be found on the individual product pages.
RFID is fun. There is just something magical about swiping a tag in the air and reading information from it. Suddenly you want to tag all the things! The RFIDuino is an Arduino shield that makes learning and implementing RFID super easy. The RFIDuino Basic Starter Kit gives you everything you need to get started with the RFIDuino, Geekduino, mounting hardware, and a variety of different RFID tags. Check out our step by step tutorials which walk you through getting started and teach basic output and wireless reading. You can be experimenting with RFID in no time and start tagging all the things!